Photo: Alexis Ellers

You’ve just spent the last few years at Columbia College Chicago preparing for the future and now it’s time to step into that future and make it happen! We’re here to help you through this process, and keep you organized every step of the way. 

This year, Columbia’s Commencement ceremonies will take place at the beautiful and historic Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL. This venue has a stunning atmosphere, abundant seating and is conveniently located near hotels and parking. Columbia College Chicago and The Auditorium Theatre partner each year to welcome you to our Open House event. Now the circle is complete as you walk across the Auditorium Theatre stage at your Commencement ceremony. 

Complimentary Auditorium Theatre Tours (Limited Time Only)

Tour the magnificent Auditorium Theatre and marvel at the art and architecture of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. A National Historic Landmark, the Auditorium Theatre is known internationally for its perfect acoustics, innovative architecture and stunning design. 

Tours are available Monday, October 27th at 10:30am and 12 noon, and on Thursday, October 30th at 10:30am.  To gain complimentary entry, students need to present their Columbia College issued ID at the box office window prior to the posted tour time.  Tickets can be obtained beginning 30 minutes prior.

Commencement 2015 Ceremonies

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Advertising & Public Relations
Creative Arts Therapies (Graduate)
Creative Writing (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences: Cultural Studies
Education (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Interdisciplinary Arts (Graduate)
Journalism (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Saturday, May 16, 1:30 p.m.
Audio, Arts & Acoustics
Science and Mathematics

Saturday, May 16, 5:00 p.m.
Business & Entrepreneurship (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Fashion Studies
Interactive Arts & Media

Sunday, May 17th, 2:00 p.m.
Cinema Art + Science (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Photography (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Sunday, May 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Art + Design
ASL - English Interpretation
Music (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Commencement Guide

Now that you know when, and where, here’s how to get started. The official Graduation Check List will help you stay organized in preparation for all graduation requirements. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to a successful and celebratory culmination of your Columbia student experience. Make sure you check back frequently for any updates and to check off the boxes on your list!